A look at a variety of interesting programming languages being used for personal computers. Included are demonstrations of Microsoft's Office 2000 Developer, LEGO Mindstorms RCX Code Developer, Macromedia Flash 3.0, and Metrowerks CodeWarrior. Also a special look inside Electronic Arts to see what they use to program their newest game WWII Fighters. Originally broadcast in 1999. Copyright 1999 Stewart Cheifet Productions.
June 9, 2004 Subject:
A Well Presented Overview ...
No episode details are provided above, so I've taken the liberty of providing some ... ;)
A well presented overview of some of the programming products available in 1999.
Guests: Neil Charney, Microsoft; David Cappadona, Metrowerks;
Chuck Eyler and Yuji Higaki, Electronic Arts; Kevin Lynch, Macromedia; Chris DiGiano, SRI;
Products/Demos: Excel, Visual Basic, CodeWarrior, Jane's World War II Fighter, Macromedia Flash, Lego MindStorms, Jet Audio Plus.
This episode starts out by introducing some basic Macro recording and basic Macro programming in an Excel spreadsheet (and the same techniques can be applied to just about any modern spreadsheet, word processor, etc office application) and several simple examples are worked through.
Also, BASIC programming is introduced using MS Visual BASIC, and a quick overview is given for CodeWarrior (mainly checking out the on-line help and compiling the code provided for the "Reversi" game).
Macromedia Flash is also introduced, and the basics of graphical WEB page development are covered with examples - colour coding buttons depending on whether the mouse is over them or not, and making an animated fish move across the screen in response to clicking a button.
The most fun though (especially for a TV audience) is when they get onto Lego MindStorms programming using simple, graphical icons for programming the robots, and this language is pretty easy for anyone - even non-programmers - to get started with.
It's all great fun and very well presented / discussed.
Mike "Moose" O'Malley
Moose's Software Valley - Established July, 1996.